You must have heard or read this sentence time and time again: “It takes a village to raise a child”. This rings even more true when you raise a bilingual child. And depending on your circumstances, if you have no minority language (ml) community at hand, this affirmation might make you feel even lonelier.
However, it should not be so. Though nothing beats ml playdates and ml parent gathering, you can build yourself your own virtual village.
Over the past 2 years, I have become increasingly active on the web and social media. Not as an individual, but as a bilingual mum. Overtime, I have grown curious of other bilingual parents’ journeys. Eager to learn about their experience and tips.
Through forums, WhatsApp groups, blogs and social media accounts*, I have come into contact with other bilingual parents. They have become my village. Everyday, through their stories and comments, I find support, inspiration and ideas on this challenging journey.
In times of doubt, I turn to them for help. Asking for their opinion or advice. There is a wonderful supportive community of bilingual parents out there. And when you doubt yourself, their advice or comforting words can make you feel so much less isolated. There also are happy times, commenting on each other’s kids’ progress. Moments of complicity too, cracking jokes on bilingualism in a comment. Thanks to them, I no longer feel as lonely as I did before, even though I am the only English-speaker in my family and cannot rely on English-speaking relatives on our bilingual journey.
Today, this post is dedicated to all these lovely people that I have been very privileged to get in touch with over the last 2 years. I would like to 🙏thank you🙏 all for your comments, messages and tips. Every day, you inspire me and help me, more than you can imagine! This blog would definitely not be, were it not for all that I have learnt from you! And since it is my very first post of the year, I seize this opportunity to wish you all a 🌟wonderful 2020🌟. May it bless you and your loved ones with good health, happiness and… success on your bilingual journey! 😉
*For those who don’t already do, you can follow this blog on social media:
It is a lovely opportunity to get in touch and I would be delighted to hear from you! 🙂